Montgomery v Federal Express Corp.
2005 NY Slip Op 02363 [4 NY3d 805]
March 24, 2005
Court of Appeals
Published by New York State Law Reporting Bureau pursuant to Judiciary Law § 431.
As corrected through Wednesday, June 08, 2005
Charles Reginald Montgomery v Federal Express Corporation
[*1] Charles Reginald Montgomery, Jr., Appellant,
Federal Express Corporation et al., Respondents and Third-Party Plaintiffs-Respondents. Fortune Interior Dismantling Corp., Third-Party Defendant-Respondent, et al.,Third-Party Defendants.
Decided March 24, 2005
Montgomery v Federal Express Corp., 307 AD2d 865, affirmed.
APPEARANCES OF COUNSEL
Pollack, Pollack, Isaac & De Cicco, New York City (Brian J. Isaac of counsel), for appellant.
Geringer & Dolan LLP, New York City (John T. McNamara of counsel), for respondents.
Third-party defendant-respondent precluded.
OPINION OF THE COURT
The order of the Appellate Division should be affirmed with costs. [*2]
Plaintiff, who was employed as a helper by an elevator company, and Peter Mazzei, an elevator mechanic, were assigned to do work in an elevator "motor room" located some four feet above the roof level of a building. Arriving on the roof, plaintiff and Mazzei found that stairs that had previously led from the roof to the motor room had been removed. There was no ladder in the immediate vicinity, but ladders were available at the job site.
Rather than go and get a ladder, plaintiff and Mazzei climbed to the motor room by standing on an inverted bucket. When he left the motor room, plaintiff jumped down to the roof, injuring his knee in the process.
We agree with the Appellate Division that, since ladders were readily available, plaintiff's "normal and logical response" should have been to go get one. Plaintiff's choice to use a bucket to get up, and then to jump down, was the sole cause of his injury, and he is therefore not entitled to recover under Labor Law § 240 (1) (Blake v Neighborhood Hous. Servs. of N.Y. City, 1 NY3d 280 ).
Chief Judge Kaye and Judges G.B. Smith, Ciparick, Rosenblatt, Graffeo, Read and R.S. Smith concur.
On review of submissions pursuant to section 500.4 of the Rules of the Court of Appeals (22 NYCRR 500.4), order affirmed, with costs, in a memorandum.